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The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan / Honkan Room 14   December 5, 2017 (Tue) - February 25, 2018 (Sun)

  
Katana Sword, Known as "Kanze Masamune" Unsigned, By Masamune, Kamakura period, 14th century (National Treasure)

Swords have been appreciated in Japan from 600 years ago. This thematic exhibition aims to experience the aspects of sword appreciation that has been accumulated over time, by looking at actual blades.

Many technical terms are used in the appreciation of Japanese swords, and are often difficult to understand. Generations of our ancestors, however, had employed these language freely to comprehend the abstract beauty of swords.

We hope visitors will enjoy the enigmatic but definite beauty of swords unfurl with the history of appreciating swords in Japan.

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Katana Sword, Known as "Kanze Masamune" Unsigned, By Masamune, Kamakura period, 14th century (National Treasure)
Katana Sword, Signed, By Masamune, Kamakura period, 14th century (National Treasure)

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The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

Price: 756 yen (Tax included)

On sale in the museum shop from December 5, 2017.

 

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